Academic WorldQuest
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Academic WorldQuest

Join us for this fun and free event, where students, as a team, answer questions on various international topics. The tournament is open to teams of four students in grades 9-12, plus a faculty sponsor, from Kansas City-area high schools. Study materials are provided in advance.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
12-4 p.m.
Where: KU Edwards Campus - BEST Conference Center
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, Kansas  66213
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

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Registration is now open » for the 2019 Academic WorldQuest competition.

Please note that each school is limited to one team of four students plus a faculty sponsor.
Read on for more information, including links to materials to help you prepare.

What is Academic WorldQuest? 

Each year since 2006, the IRC has offered high school students the chance to showcase their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, and world events. Each area high school may enter one team of four students plus a faculty sponsor. Participation is entirely cost-free for schools. The winning team will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the students and their sponsor to participate in the national Academic WorldQuest competition in late April.

Why should schools participate?
Academic WorldQuest offers numerous benefits for students and teachers, including:

  • Exploring global topics and issues that are compatible with and enhance the study of many existing curricula and AP courses
  • Preparing for future international studies and careers in the global economy 
  • Interacting with area students and teachers who are interested in global affairs
  • Meeting representatives from area companies and universities and hear about future international opportunities
  • Winning valuable prizes, including gift certificates for many participants and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the winning team

While only four students from a given school may participate in the competition, entire classes are welcome to use the study materials and explore competition topics together.

What do participants say about their experience?
"I had a great time, learning about many issues and countries in the world while meeting people who have personal involvement and investment in solving these issues. This experience intensified my passion for international relations." – Kyle from Washburn Rural High School"

I thought it was interesting learning about different perspectives regarding subjects like Turkey and Great Decisions. I think it is important for students to learn and understand about other people different from them. I feel as Americans we live in a bubble." – Ali from Washburn Rural High School

2019 Competition Information
The 2019 Academic WorldQuest competition for high school students will be held on Saturday, February 23, from 12-4 p.m. at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. Each area high school is invited to register one team of four students plus one faculty sponsor; other students, faculty, parents, or friends are welcome to attend as spectators. We will begin with lunch before ten rounds of ten questions each on the following topics:

  • Country in Focus: Qatar
  • How to Deal with North Korea
  • Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
  • #WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70
  • Great Decisions
  • Japan-U.S. Relations
  • Space Policy
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Bridging Divides to Build Peace
  • Current Events

Students work together to answer the questions, and the team with the most correct answers at the end of the competition are declared the winners. The winning team will represent our region at a national competition in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 27.

2019 Competition Materials
We invite you to use these materials to help you prepare for the 2019 tournament:

2018 Competition Results
Congratulations to the high schools who placed at our local competition on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

  • First Place: Blue Valley North
  • Second Place: Shawnee Mission East
  • Third Place: Barstow

Blue Valley North represented our region at the 2018 national event in Washington, D.C.

Registered Schools Include:

Belton High School
Bishop Seabury Academy
Blue Valley North High School
Blue Valley West High School
Kansas City Christian School
Leavenworth High School
Lee's Summit High School
Lee's Summit West High School
Olathe North High School
Shawnee Mission East High School
Smithville High School
Summit Technology Academy
The Barstow School
Truman High School
Van Horn High School
Washburn Rural High School
William Chrisman High School


   Sustaining Sponsor


          Walmart Neighborhood Market #5180, Overland Park, Kansas


   Supporting Sponsor


          Walmart Neighborhood Market #5207, Overland Park, Kansas


   Academic Sponsor